Enzo Ferrari - Power, Politics, and the Making of an Automotive Empire
- Book about Enzo Ferrari by best selling author Luca Dal Monte
- Forward written by former president of Ferrari Luca Di Montezemolo
- Explores the life of Enzo Ferrari and the impact he made on the world from racing to road cars
- Luca Dal Monte reveals little known facts about Enzo Ferrari, including failed business ventures and his ties to Italian politics
- The book also includes photographs, exhibits, and artifacts
- The book has become an Italian best seller
- The book also won the "premio Selezione Bancarella Sport" national literary award
- Author Luca Dal Monte participated in a book reading signing for Ferrari of New England customers
- Hardcover book
Full Summary from Luca Dal Monte:
-ENZO FERRARI: POWER, POLITICS, AND THE MAKING OF AN AUTOMOTIVE EMPIRE revisits all the highlights of Ferrari’s rise to greatness: his driving career in the 1920s; his management of racing teams for Alfa Romeo in the 1930s; the launch of his own company and team in the late 1940s, and his unprecedented successes building cars for the road and race track in the following decades.
But it also examines lesser-known and sometimes hidden aspects of Ferrari’s career, from his earliest failed business ventures to his political dealings with Italy’s Fascist government before and during WWII, Allied occupiers, and Communist leaders in post-war Italy. It also sheds new light on Enzo’s troubled relationship with his idea of God, and the all-out fight the Vatican waged against him after the multiple race deaths of drivers and spectators in the late 1950s.
It also lays bare the internal politics of the Ferrari Company and team; both led by a man who manipulated employees, drivers, competitors and the media with a volatile mixture of brute force, paranoia, and guile. At the same time it analyses in depth Ferrari’s personal relationships with women—most notably his wife Laura and long-running mistress Lina Lardi. And the infatuation that at age 60 he developed for a 24-year old former girlfriend of one of his dead racing drivers.
The Enzo Ferrari that emerges from these pages is an immensely complex man—one who could be ruthless and unashamedly vulgar, but also unexpectedly vulnerable. But no matter what challenges he faced in business, at home, or on the racetrack, Ferrari never lost his essential optimism and unwavering faith in life and in himself.